Jonathan Cadotte's Comic Reviews

Reviewer For: Major Spoilers Reviews: 166
6.9Avg. Review Rating

6.3
20XX #4

May 30, 2020

20XX #4 manages to carry on the ongoing plot effectively, while also having a moment of it's own to set this specific issue apart from the others.

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5.3
Amazing Mary Jane (2019) #1

Oct 25, 2019

The Amazing Mary Jane #1 spends more time establishing a fun scenario rather than actually utilizing that scenario to make a good story.

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8
America Chavez: Made in the USA #2

Apr 10, 2021

America Chavez #2 slows things down a bit from the first issue, but that doesn't diminish its effectiveness as a good place to hop on if you're unfamiliar with the character.

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6
Aquaman (2016) #51

Aug 24, 2019

Aquaman #51 is a quiet, inoffensive issue that ends with a bang that introduces the next strife and drama for the characters involved.

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7.3
Backtrack #1

Feb 8, 2020

Backtrack #1 is a decent read that manages to introduce a nice twist to a familiar setup. Also, the artwork does a good job silently setting up character traits, even if they aren't very original or fun.

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4
Backtrack #2

Mar 18, 2020

Backtrack #2 manages to take a fun and goofy setup that could be a good, cheesy romp and drowns it in cliches, weird dialog, and confusing action sequences.

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4.7
Batman: The Adventures Continue #3

May 8, 2020

While this manages to capture the feel of the animated series, it doesn't capture the feel of one of the better episodes. This comic just lacks content. The fight with Clayface was fun, but after that, this issue just meanders as all the various characters comment on Deathstroke, or are Deathstroke not being very subtle.

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4.7
Billionaire Island #1

Mar 7, 2020

I imagine there will be someone out there who enjoys Billionaire's Island #1. Also, there's always a chance that the series will improve as it goes. But, there's just not much to enjoy here in the first issue.

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6
Black Panther and the Agents of Wakanda #2

Oct 18, 2019

Black Panther and The Agents of Wakanda #2 is a no frills book that isn't trying to do too much. But, what it does try to do it does competently. If you just want to see some superheroes fight and have a bit of an adventure then take a glance at this issue.

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7
Bliss (2020) #1

Jul 26, 2020

There's something going on with this book that I can't quite put my finger on yet. While the plot here in the first issue isn't going to blow anyone away, there's enough going on around the peripherals, especially visually, that I think it deserves a few more issues to see where it goes.

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8
Bliss (2020) #2

Aug 29, 2020

Bliss #2 expands on the first issue in smart ways that build the world up while putting the characters into place to move forward in interesting ways.

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6.7
Bolero #1

Jan 23, 2022

Bolero #1 is a decent start to a series that has a really interesting premise that hopefully will be interesting to see play out. Unfortunately, the characters aren't very interesting in this issue.

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8
Bolero #2

Feb 26, 2022

While the series had a not mind-blowing opening, Bolero #2 really gets things going, utilizes its gimmick well, and is a well-put-together comic that is enjoyable both with its writing and visually.

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8
Bolero #4

Apr 23, 2022

Bolero #4 seems to conclude what has been a very restrained and nuanced look at certain phases of a relationship that don't get a lot of attention. The fact that there's one more issue though, makes this conclusion uneasy for now.

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7
Canopus #1

Feb 20, 2020

Some of the setup in Canopus #1 will come off as familiar and even well-tread. The parts in this issue that are unique though, make up for those cliched aspects.

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6.7
Catwoman (2018) #43

May 21, 2022

Catwoman #43 is a decent comic book, especially as a jumping on point. Some weirdness in the pacing can be overlooked due to the fun banter and unique style.

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8
Champions (2020) #2

Nov 14, 2020

Champions #2 breathes some new life into the Outlawed event that was desperately needed. It's not perfect, but it adds just enough wrinkles and new perspectives to the ongoing conflict to suggest that this event might be more than just Civil War Jr.

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6
Champions (2020) #5

Mar 20, 2021

While Champions #5 does manage to bring things back to pretty much status quo, it does so by either ignoring things from the rest of the series or by solving them in quick, convenient, and safe ways.

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5.3
Clear (2021) #3

Dec 24, 2021

Clear #3 manages to continue the disappointing trend this series is on, where they continue to ignore the big thing they focused so much on in the first issue, leaving this feeling like just another detective story.

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7
Cold Iron #1

May 14, 2022

Cold Iron #1 is a comic that uses its setting very well, creates interesting and fully realized characters quickly and efficiently and has a timeless look that lends itself to the subject matter and readability of the book. On the downside, none of this is really used to push the plot beyond what feels like the cold open of a TV drama.

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7.3
Contagion #1

Oct 5, 2019

Contagion #1 has a specific tone that may not appeal to everyone, but has enough in it that it should be at least entertaining to a lot of people, even if it's a shallow story.

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7
Crush & Lobo #1

Jun 5, 2021

Crush and Lobo #1 wouldn't sell me on the series based on the events of the issue alone. But, the writing is good and the characterization of Crush especially, makes me want to give this series another shot.

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7.7
Cut Man #1

Apr 10, 2020

Cut Man #1 is a good introduction to a series that has a well constructed hook that is also elevated by exceptionally executed interiors and colorwork.

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8
Cut Man #2

Aug 1, 2020

Cut-Man #2 does exactly what a #2 needs to do. It took the seeds from the first issue and nurtured them with subtle character development to polish up the players before really pushing them deep into a lot of action or plot. While not a lot happens in this issue, there's a much better sense of who Hank is, who Rosalind is, even who Laurel is. It's Hank's character development in particular that reveals this series to be more psychological than it originally came off, in a good way.

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7
Daisy (2021) #1

Dec 11, 2021

Daisy #1 will definitely shock some readers and leave the rest with plenty of questions. It's just unclear yet where this plot is going as there was very little progress made here in this first issue.

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7
Daredevil (2019) #11

Sep 14, 2019

Daredevil #11 is melodramatic in the best ways. At times it comes off as overwrought and a little cheesy, but it feels intentional. The story that's being told here is supposed to be an over-the-top drama and the way all the different stories are intertwining creates a greater than the sum of its parts, situation.

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7
Daredevil (2019) #25

Dec 5, 2020

There's no shortage of Daredevil story arcs that feature these two teaming up/feuding and this has some similar trappings of those stories. It also has some elements that are fresh and unique. So this one can really go either way.

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6.3
Daredevil (2019) #26

Jan 30, 2021

Daredevil #26 just doesn't work. It's main plotlines are all dropped to service the King In Black event, but the events related to that aren't especially good or interesting.

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6
Daredevil (2019) #35

Oct 30, 2021

Daredevil #35 was billed as a second big showdown between Elektra and Bullseye and while we did get it, it was lackluster and diminished by questionable writing decisions elsewhere in the issue.

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8
Daredevil: Woman Without Fear #1

Jan 15, 2022

Daredevil: The Woman Without Fear #1 is an excellent first issue that sets the tone for the series and manages to stand on its own regardless of its ties to other series'. A good spot for those curious with what has been going on with Elektra and Daredevil, to jump in.

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5
Daredevil: Woman Without Fear #3

Mar 5, 2022

Daredevil" Woman Without Fear #3 is a decent Elektra comic book, but it's too wrapped up with Devil's Reign and events happening in other titles to really stand up on its own.

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7
Dark Knights of Steel (2021) #1

Nov 6, 2021

Dark Knights of Steel #1 is like a hot dog of a comic. It's fun and tasty but you're not going to get anything of substance from it. Come to see the changes made to the character designs and their stories but don't expect anything deep here.

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6.3
Dark Nights: Death Metal #2

Jul 19, 2020

Dark Nights: Death Metal #2 has plenty of things going on that look interesting, but so much of it lacks context or doesn't mesh well with each other. This feels like a book that will be better when read with more of the series.

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6
Dark Nights: Death Metal #3

Aug 14, 2020

There's no denying that this series has been a pretty wild time with a lot of moments that exist just to be cool. But, this issue takes it one step further and applies this approach to pivotal moments, making a lot of this book feel low-stakes and lacking impact.

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6.3
Darkhold (2021): Alpha #1

Oct 1, 2021

Based on Darkhold: Alpha #1, it's really hard to gauge if this event will be good or not and that's because this issue is so full of ups and downs. There's nothing here that really sets it apart, unless you're a big fan of elements of Lovecraftian horror.

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7
Deadbox #1

Sep 4, 2021

Deadbox #1 has some good stuff going for it. Its sci-fi subplot is entertaining, its commentary on small town America is insightful, and it's main plot is intriguing in its own right. They just don't come together well.

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10
Decorum #1

Mar 13, 2020

Decorum #1 is a powerhouse of a comic book. Intriguing plots, a wonderfully established new universe, and dynamite artwork makes it one of the best first issues in a long time.

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9.3
Decorum #2

Jun 12, 2020

Believe it or not, there is a way to make comic books confusing and enjoyable because of it. The trick is to offer an easily understandable path for the characters, but then obscure the details and periphery. That's what's going on here in Decorum #2. There's plenty of questions that still need answers, and there's a lot of little things about the universe that don't make a ton of sense, but the story that is pushing the characters' actions is solid enough to ground yourself in.

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7.7
Defenders (2021) #1

Aug 13, 2021

The Defenders #1 is a gorgeous book that is somewhat hamstrung by a simple plot that's muddled by narration overwrought with jargon and vague statements that don't explain what's actually happening.

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8
Destiny, NY #1

Apr 1, 2021

Destiny, NY #1 knows exactly what it is and does not try to hide it. It wants to be an introductory issue to a series modeled after Strangers In Paradise, with just enough of it's own thing. And, it does that.

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7
Devil's Highway #1

Jul 5, 2020

You can purchase this issue via comiXology

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7.3
Doctor Doom (2019) #2

Nov 9, 2019

There's some nice parts in Doctor Doom #2, but also some not so great parts. If you want to see a more humanizing take on the classic villain with some real human drama, this book has you covered. If you want a well structured, intricate plot, maybe look elsewhere.

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9
Doctor Doom (2019) #4

Jan 4, 2020

Doctor Doom #4 somehow manages to be an issue long philosophical debate hidden behind an issue long fight/action sequence. This issue, like the rest of the series, is a great example of how neither intelligence nor action need to be sacrificed and can coexist in this medium.

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8
Doctor Strange (2018) #3

Feb 12, 2020

Doctor Strange #3 is a well made comic in both writing and art. Unfortunately the squandering of a new villain puts a damper on the whole proceedings.

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6
Dying Is Easy #2

Jan 10, 2020

Dying Is Easy #2 has some pretty decent art and color work. But it's just not enough to overcome the plot and dialog. In a rare misstep by Joe Hill and Marin Simmonds, this comic is just not very good.

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5
Eternals (2021): Forever #1

Oct 16, 2021

Eternals Forever #1 is continuously bogged down by awkward dialog that tries to force backstory into every interaction, ultimately making the characters and story, unlikeable.

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8
Excalibur (2019) #1

Oct 31, 2019

While Excalibur #1 does come off a little as simply "How do the mutants now deal with magic" there's a deeper family drama brewing. One that touches on the themes that have been paramount to the x-books as a whole.

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7.3
Fallen Angels (2019) #1

Nov 16, 2019

If you're committed to reading the entire Dawn of X lineup then you definitely don't want to miss this. Also, the artwork is great and can carry this issue on it's own. There are some elements that need time to develop, but as of right now Fallen Angel #1 isn't blowing anyone away, storywise.

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9.3
Far Sector #1

Nov 14, 2019

Far Sector #1 is a meticulously crafted comic book that is full of personality, a strong sense of intrigue and mystery, with gorgeous art and design. Potential readers shouldn't let the Green Lantern aspect scare them off, this stands on its own.

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7
Far Sector #2

Dec 14, 2019

If you're already invested in this series and intend to see it through, this is a good and important issue. But it doesn't stand up on its own and just isn't very entertaining on its own.

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10
Far Sector #3

Jan 25, 2020

Far Sector #3 is a powerfully written issue that succeeds at being a social commentary, sci-fi story, and visually impressive. This issue should make any reader excited for what's coming with this series.

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7.7
Far Sector #4

Feb 29, 2020

Far Sector #4 has an overabundance of stellar interactions between characters. It's these scenes that more than make up for the questionable tinkering with the green lantern powerset.

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7
Far Sector #5

Mar 27, 2020

Far Sector #5 reads more like an info dump about the main character and the setting rather than a continuation of the ongoing plot in an otherwise good series.

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9.3
Far Sector #12

Jun 12, 2021

Far Sector #12 is a fine send off for the series as well as the Young Animal imprint in belonged to. The emotional resonance and visuals are enough to offset some of the pacing issues in the early pages.

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8
Friday #1

Apr 17, 2020

Friday #1 is a good opener to the series by clearly laying out it's premise and goals right on the table, even at the risk of coming off as a bit heavy handed at times. And even if the mystery genre isn't your thing, the book is nice to look at.

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9
Future State (2021): Immortal Wonder Woman #1

Jan 23, 2021

Future State: Immortal Wonder Woman #1 manages to have not one but two stories that present a view on an interesting, full-featured future for the characters involved. If you can only grab one title from the Future State lineup, make it this one.

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10
Future State (2021): Superman: House of El #1

Feb 27, 2021

Future State: House of El #1 does so much in such a small amount of pages it's astounding. Of all the possible futures seen in Future State, this one is the first one that deserves a much deeper examination.

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5
Getting It Together #1

Oct 10, 2020

Getting It Together #1 is desperately trying to be a trendy and honest story about love and sex, much like so many others before it. Unfortunately it doesn't do enough to set itself apart from those other stories and comes across as bland.

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6.3
Green Lantern (2018): Season Two #1

Feb 16, 2020

The Green Lantern: Season 2 #1 does not work well as a stand alone comic book. But, it does work well as a season premier. Liam Sharpe's art is a mixed-bag that is at times stunning and at other times, busy and uncomfortable.

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6
Green Lantern (2018): Season Two #2

Mar 13, 2020

The Green Lantern: Season 2 #2 has some nice things going for it and some lovely scenes. It's unfortunately bogged down by the very gimmick that was thrown in to make it more interesting.

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8
Green Lantern (2018) #11

Sep 8, 2019

The Green Lantern #11 is a book that is trying to do a lot of things all at the same time and for the most part manages to do it effectively. It's also the first time we're seeing just what creators like Grant Morrison and Liam Sharp can do with Green Lantern, a property that has been in a bit of a creative rut for awhile.

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5.7
Green Lantern (2018) Annual #1

Aug 1, 2019

There's just not enough here for anyone other than die-hard fans of The Green Lantern. It's not a bad book by any means, but there's no shaking the overbearing mediocreness of it all.

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7
Green Lantern (2021) #2

May 9, 2021

Green Lantern #2 builds itself up with the promise of shaking things up and taking the Green Lantern Corps in a new direction, it then fumbles this by falling back on an old story beat that's been used just too many times.

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5
HaHa #2

Feb 19, 2021

HAHA #2 is a story that doesn't give its characters enough depth to give any real impact to the proceedings, leaving the end result flat and uninteresting.

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6
Harley Quinn: Black + White + Red (2020) #3

Jul 11, 2020

Harley Quinn: Black + White + Red #3 is a barebones comic that has a fun premise and does some fun things with the history of Harley's redesigns, but there isn't much else here to make this a memorable comic.

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6
Heavy #1

Sep 19, 2020

Heavy #1 does itself no favors by falling back on some cliches and then pointing them out to the reader. Yet, if you look past that there's some nuggets of an interesting setup and universe to be had.

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7
Hellions (2020) #1

Mar 30, 2020

Hellions #1 has a lot going for it past the whole "It's the X-Men but violent and mean" thing that's been advertised. There's a strong sense of humor and a good mixture of characters as well.

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8
Heroes Reborn (2021): Young Squadron #1

May 28, 2021

Unlike some events Heroes Reborn seems to utilize the tie-ins more for world building rather than storytelling. That being said Young Squadron #1 is a piece of the world you want to see built.

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2.5
Ignited #3

Aug 10, 2019

Ignited #3 wears its politics on its sleeve just like the rest of the series. By page 3 you know exactly where it stands on the divisive subject of mass shootings and gun control. That isn't a bad thing, but conveying this stance in simple and cheap ways does its message a disservice and doesn't make for a fun read.

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6.3
Incoming #1

Dec 27, 2019

Incoming #1 is little more than a recap of the most recent storylines going on in The Marvel Universe. It's nice to see all the art on display, but there isn't much story here.

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5.3
It Eats What Feeds It #2

Aug 22, 2020

It Eats What Feeds It #2 never manages to escape a paint by numbers plotline in order to elevate itself into something more interesting, even with a unique style and look helping it.

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6
Jules Verne's Lighthouse #1

Apr 17, 2021

Jules Verne's Lighthouse #1 has a good setting and shows potential in how it's adapting the original novel. Unfortunately it doesn't take enough care to craft an interesting story on its own and spends too much time introducing various elements.

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8
Justice League: Last Ride #1

May 15, 2021

Justice League: Last Ride #1 manages to put emotions before spectacle to aptly begin a story of what it would be like if The Justice League broke up.

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6
Justice League: Odyssey #25

Oct 17, 2020

Chances are if you've been reading this series, you're already picking up Justice League: Odyssey #25 and will be mostly satisfied with the ending, if you haven't been much of a fan, this issue isn't going to sway you.

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8.3
Knights Temporal #1

Aug 3, 2019

Knights Temporal #1 is a strong start for the series. This issue could be carried by the art along, but thankfully the story is fun as well. There's nothing too complicated about what's going on here and that's a good thing. This is the epitome of "Show don't tell".

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7.3
Knights Temporal #2

Aug 31, 2019

Knights Temporal #2 is an issue that seems to be more concerned with establishing larger overarching stakes, rather than telling a more concise tale that pushes the characters forward. Thankfully, at this point, those larger stakes are interesting and show a lot of potential in becoming an intricate and exciting story.

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4
Last Flight Out #1

Sep 11, 2021

Last Flight Out #1 has a tight and well defined set of conflicts and stakes. These are not enough to make up for the cliched characterizations and interactions.

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8
Little Monsters #1

Mar 12, 2022

Little Monsters #1 is a breath of fresh air in the comic book world. The focus on the quieter moments and not needing any unnecessary action shoehorned in makes this a unique reading experience.

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7.3
Lois Lane (2019) #3

Sep 8, 2019

Lois Lane #3 still feels like a continuation to the love letter to journalism started in the first two issues of the series, but doesn't match the same tone as the story begins to shift to a more personal facet of the titular character.

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9
Lost Falls #1

Aug 7, 2021

Lost Falls #1 is a well-made comic that has a couple excusable flaws. If this issue is any indication, this series will be a good one.

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6
Lost Falls #3

Oct 9, 2021

Lost Falls #3 represents a point in the story where it really needed just a bit of exposition, but there was none leaving this issue feeling like a series of unrelated events that will also need explaining at some point.

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8
Lost on Planet Earth #1

May 22, 2020

Lost On Planet Earth #1 feels like a good first episode to a decent teen drama about self-discovery and personal fulfillment, plus there's aliens and spaceships.

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6
M.O.M.: Mother of Madness #1

Jul 24, 2021

Mother of Madness #1 fits as much as it can in the 50 pages it's been given. In terms of an origin story and the initial adventures of a hero, it uses those pages well. In terms of a book that's going to poke fun at a whole slew of topics. It could use more nuance.

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8
Magnificent Ms. Marvel #12

Feb 7, 2020

Plain and simple The Magnificent Ms. Marvel #12 is a comic book that will make you feel good. Some may find the ending a bit too happy and even convenient, but it's nice to see the hero just save the day sometimes.

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5.3
Magnificent Ms. Marvel #14

Sep 12, 2020

The Magnificent Ms. Marvel #14 does nothing new or special with the "trapped in a coma" plot, instead relying on clichs and overly dramatic moments which don't land particularly well.

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8
Marauders #2

Nov 25, 2019

Watching Kate Pryde's personal renaissance continue in Marauders #2 is a blast. Combine that with some interesting political maneuvering from Emma Frost and Sebastian Shaw and you have yourself a comic book that is fun and enjoyable on multiple levels.

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6
Marauders #6

Jan 24, 2020

Marauders #6 is a lackluster issue in an otherwise good series. It ultimately fails to live up to the standard set by the previous issues and wastes what could be a shocking moment by turning it into a cliche mustache-twirling villain monologue.

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7.7
Marauders (2022) #1

Apr 9, 2022

Marauders #1 is a decent comic book that takes a bit to really get going, but is enjoyable along the way.

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8.7
Marked (2019) #1

Oct 21, 2019

The Marked #1 sets up a world that's based on a tried and true formula. But, manages to add just enough different elements to make this book feel fresh and exciting. Mostly solid artwork drives this issue home and makes it an entertaining book all around.

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4.7
Marvel 2099 (2019): Fantastic Four #1

Nov 21, 2019

With a plot that goes from uncompelling to mean spirited and strange art, there isn't much about Fantastic Four 2099 #1 to like.

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7.7
Ms. Marvel (2015) #6

Aug 27, 2019

Ms. Marvel has never shied away from complex situations, but rarely something so personal. Art issues aside, this story has been laid out, so far, in a way that feels understandable but also unique to this title.

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6.7
Ms. Marvel (2015) #7

Sep 21, 2019

The Magnificent Ms. Marvel #7 is an issue that continues the title's run of being pound for pound the best young readers comic book out there. It's unfortunately hampered by a lackluster threat that feels more like a distraction from a more interesting plotline than a compelling scenario itself.

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7.5
Newburn #2

Dec 18, 2021

While some second issues flounder as they try and capture the same buzz as a first issue, Newburn #2 sticks the landing by opting for a slower burn with intriguing characters with interesting moralities.

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7.3
Newburn #3

Feb 5, 2022

Newburn #3 is a solid neo-noir story that pits bad guy vs bad guy in a tense situation with some real stakes for the characters. Some poor writing choices tarnish this a little, but it's still enjoyable.

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10
Night of the Ghoul #1

Oct 23, 2021

Night of The Ghoul #1 is a superb opener to this horror series from two veteran creators. Clever writing and beautiful art add significant depth to this 50's B-horror movie inspired tale.

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8
Nomen Omen #1

Oct 4, 2019

Nomen Omen #1 does an excellent job keeping the reader engaged with the story by utilizing shifting perspectives, an inclusive story, usage of color, and the addition of other media formats.

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8
Omni #1

Aug 19, 2019

Omni #1 is a good addition to the H1 imprint that introduces a new character that feels original.

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6
Ordinary Gods #1

Jul 11, 2021

Ordinary Gods #1 suffers from trying to do too much with its first issue. But even with a shaky start, the premise is good and shows promise.

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5.3
Outlawed (2020) #1

Mar 20, 2020

For the most part, Marvel's usage of it's younger characters has been very solid for years. Characters like Miles Morales and Kamala Khan have become well-known and popular. Which is why it's sad that the first event to really focus on them, so far is just a rehash of another event.

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7
Parasomnia #1

Jul 3, 2021

Parasomnia #1 is an evocative and interesting opening to the miniseries. It doesn't beat the reader over the head with its cleverness, and has a distinctive look. Some odd dialog bits and color usage, bring it down though.

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4
Potions Inc. #1

Jun 11, 2022

Potions Inc. #1 is a poorly put together book that misuses some promising early elements and then drowns them in a poorly plotted and paced story that just falls flat.

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7
Power Pack (2020) #1

Nov 28, 2020

Power Pack #1 continues Ryan North's pattern of taking whatever characters he's working with and using them to poke a little fun at not only the characters but the medium as a whole, just would've been nice to see more connection to the bigger event it ties into.

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9
Power Pack (2020) #2

Jan 2, 2021

Power Pack #2 is an excellent issue that manages to be entertaining, funny, and intelligent without being pretentious. Come for the Outlawed tie-in, stay for the power plant explanation.

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6.3
Power Pack (2020) #3

Feb 10, 2021

Power Pack #3 has a few things working for it, like Julie's narration and the family dynamic. Unfortunately these elements don't feel fitting for this series and everything else in the issue is disappointing.

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5
Rabid World #1

Mar 27, 2021

Rabid World #1 is not a great comic book.

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8
Radio Apocalypse #1

Nov 20, 2021

Radio Apocalypse #1 is a relatively calm and thoughtful book hidden under a frenetic and intense packaging. This is one to check out if you're looking for a different feel to your post-apocalyptic story.

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5.7
Red Tag (2022) #1

Mar 19, 2022

Red Tag #1 is a comic that is a joy to look at, and a chore to read. Hokey dialog and missed opportunities riddle this issue.

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7
Rogues (2022) #2

Apr 30, 2022

Rogues #2 takes the story in a few different directions but manages to stay consistent and does a good job in putting these characters into a familiar story in such a way to make it feel fresh. But it does feel like there aren't a lot of stakes here.

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7.7
Runaways (2017) #23

Aug 4, 2019

This issue nails the feeling that this team really is a family with all their own struggles but common goals. It is especially nice to see Victor getting the spotlight here and the maturity displayed in all the character interactions is refreshing.

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8
Runaways (2017) #32

Oct 31, 2020

Runaways #32 is a character driven issue that relies on interpersonal conflicts, rather than outright physical ones, to set up a new arc and set of troubles for the main characters.

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6.7
Runaways (2017) #34

Mar 6, 2021

Runaways #34 is mostly fine as a comic. The interactions between the characters are good and there's a good dose of action. A few missteps in the art and plot bring this down to mediocre though.

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4.3
Sam & His Talking Gun #1

Jan 1, 1970

Sam and His Talking Gun #1 comes up short on multiple fronts. It doesn't introduce the story in an effective way, it doesn't have particularly interesting characters, and it doesn't even deliver on the promise of its own title. The art though is very nice and deserves recognition.

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7
Save Yourself #1

Jun 18, 2021

Save Yourself #1 isn't pushing any boundaries or taking a deep dive into any sort of topic. But, what it lacks in complexity it makes up for in competently telling a straightforward, decent story that's fun to look at.

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6
Sea of Stars #6

Sep 5, 2020

Sea of Stars #6 follows the formula established by the previous issues, but doesn't do enough to shake things up in an interesting way.

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8
Seven Sons #1

Jun 18, 2022

Seven Sons #1 is a challenging first chapter. It sets the scene effectively with use of its strong art, but makes the reader work through a non-linear story to get any real details.

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5.3
Shang-Chi (2021) #1

May 22, 2021

Shang-Chi #1 hypes itself via it's cover and solicitation of being the start of a fight between the titular hero and the rest of the marvel universe, but if this issue is any indication, seeing those fights won't be worth the price of admission.

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6
Silk (2021) #2

May 1, 2021

Silk #2 doesn't do a good job making it clear what's happening in it's plot and not in a fun, mysterious way. On the other hand, the character of Silk gets some well deserved definition and starts to establish their unique voice.

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6.3
Sonata #5

Oct 12, 2019

Sonata #5 suffers from pacing issues throughout. The conversations go on for too long and the rescue at the end has no tension and is squeezed in as a quick way to wrap things up. The art remains top-notch though.

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7
Spider-Man 2099: Exodus (2022) #1

May 28, 2022

Spider-Man 2099: Exodus #1 is an action-focused book that shows a side of the 2099 universe not often seen. But, one too many one-liners dampens the reading experience a bit.

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6.7
Star (2020) #1

Jan 13, 2020

Star #1 suffers from having just too much untapped potential. There are some parts of this story that are good and show promise ultimately, the creators dropped the ball on an interesting premise.

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9.3
Strange Academy (2020) #1

Mar 5, 2020

Strange Academy #1 achieves something that not a lot of first issues can do: It manages to be appealing to both longtime readers and to people new to comics. A diverse cast of characters, a familiar setup, and bright, vivid art mixes here to create a book that has a little something for everyone.

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6.3
Strange Academy (2020) #3

Oct 3, 2020

Strange Academy #3 doesn't do anything to shake things up, but it still manages to be a decent little adventure for a group of fun characters.

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6
Strayed #2

Sep 20, 2019

Strayed #2 is carried by the premise of the series as a whole. This issue is utilitarian in the sense that it only seems to exist as a way to bridge the opening issue to a more interesting story on the horizon. With that being said, the issue is also saddled with an uninteresting antagonist, but is buoyed by a fun, adorable, astral projecting cat.

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9
Strayed #5

Dec 18, 2019

Strayed #5 is a beautiful book that brings the series to a satisfying conclusion. It even accomplishes something that only the best finales do: It makes up for some of the shortcomings of its previous chapters.

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1.7
Strikeforce (2019) #1

Sep 28, 2019

Strikeforce #1 is a particularly uninspired attempt at a particularly overdone and uninteresting type of book. A lack of chemistry between unlikable characters mixed with an uniteresting villain and a poorly defined threat makes for a title that just doesn't have a lot of appeal.

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4
Suicide Squad: Blaze (2022) #1

Feb 12, 2022

Suicide Squad: Blaze #1 sets up the possibility for a really intriguing series and does a lot to establish a solid premise. Its unlikable characters put a damper on a lot of that promise though.

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4
Super Sons: Superman & Robin Special #1

Jan 29, 2022

Superman & Robin Special #1 has a decent little adventure tucked away inside of it. To get to it though you have to hack your way through strange continuity clarifications and clumsy dialog.

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10
Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow #3

Aug 21, 2021

Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow #3 manages to succeed on every level. A beautiful book, it keeps the tone of the previous issues in the series, while showing it can go into some more challenging places.

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9
Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen (2019) #4

Oct 19, 2019

Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen #4 isn't exactly for new readers, but it is a good place for current readers to get a better grasp on the series as a whole. It doesn't have quite as much zaniness as the rest of the series has had, but doesn't have any shortage in jokes and fun.

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6
Swamp Thing: Green Hell #1

Dec 31, 2021

Swamp Thing: Green Hell #1 is a middle of the road book that does nothing extraordinary good or bad. But that also means that it's hard to justify the higher price tag that this one carries. Maybe wait for a collection or at least another issue.

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6.3
Tarot (2020) #1

Jan 2, 2020

Tarot #1 is a good comic book, if you're looking for a good "heroes punching things, bad guys plotting" story. The dialog does a lot to diminish the shine of this, but doesn't completely ruin it.

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7.3
Tarot (2020) #2

Feb 1, 2020

Tarot #2 is a silly issue that still manages to be greater than the sum of its parts and is a pretty enjoyable read.

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6.3
Tarot (2020) #3

Feb 29, 2020

Tarot #3 has it's fair share of cool things to look at and enjoy, but ultimately doesn't do much of anything with these things.

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7
Tarot (2020) #4

Mar 25, 2020

Tarot #4 definitely prioritizes funness over storytelling but in a series that has taken the reader from Nazi Germany to an altern

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8
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin #1

Nov 2, 2020

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin #1 is a fast paced opening for a series, that feels like it's been hyped and marketed for a long time, that does not disappoint.

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9
The Dreaming: Waking Hours (2020) #1

Aug 8, 2020

The Dreaming: Waking Hours #1 makes a good first impression by introducing a handful of likeable characters then immediately throwing them into fun situations. What's also nice is that this doesn't feel so tied to the rest of what's been going on with The Sandman Universe that a reader would feel put off or lost in what's going on.

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6
The End: Miles Morales #1

Jan 14, 2020

Miles Morales: The End #1 is a fine story, but the addition of Miles' death at the end and it being advertised as "the final Miles Morales story" makes this feel like a shallow attempt to cash in on sentimentality that just isn't earned in these pages.

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6.3
The End: Captain Marvel #1

Jan 31, 2020

Captain Marvel: The End #1 is a strong ending for the character. Unfortunately it's propped up on lazy, and emotionally manipulative story beats and cameos.

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8.3
The Lonesome Hunters #1

Jun 25, 2022

The Lonesome Hunters #1 is a spectacular opening issue. It does everything a reader could hope an introductory issue does, and looks good while doing it. A poor ending though does keep this from being perfect.

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6
The Osiris Path #1

May 15, 2020

The Osiris Path #1 is the sort of fun story that will feel familiar to most, but a lack of strong characters drags it down.

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6
The Panic (2022) #1

May 7, 2022

The Panic #1 is a good-looking comic that does a great job building tension and setting a tone. But then hamstrings itself with a bunch of perplexing plot developments and character actions.

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6
The Plot #2

Nov 1, 2019

The creepy stuff looked creepy and it gave me the creeps, mission accomplished. Past that though I can't say that I'm enjoying how the story is unfolding. It's like looking at something through a sheer curtain: There's something there, but it's frustratingly obscured.

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7.3
The Thing (2021) #1

Nov 13, 2021

The Thing #1 does enough to sow interest in coming issues but itself is a flawed story with pacing issues wrapped in gorgeous packaging.

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9
The White Trees #1

Aug 16, 2019

A strong piece of storytelling that not only tells a tragic, personal story, but also lays the groundwork for a whole world. Solid art paired with gorgeous colors.

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9.3
The White Trees #2

Sep 28, 2019

White Trees #2 is a bittersweet tale that lingers after the final panel is read. It really is stunning how well crafted the series as a whole feels with there being only two issues.

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6
Thor (2020): Lightning and Lament #1

Jul 2, 2022

Thor: Lightning and Lament #1 goes too far in its attempt to feel retro, making a decent story with good art, hard to get through with its overbearing dialog.

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6
Titans United (2021) #1

Sep 18, 2021

If you're looking for some simple comic book action, you could do far worse than Titans United #1, just don't expect much after that. Strange character interactions dampen any attempt to elevate this issue.

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6
Transformers vs. Terminator #2

Jun 27, 2020

Transformers Vs. The Terminator #2 is a basic story of Autobots Vs. Decepticons. The inclusion of The Terminator feels more like just a little wrinkle in that fight as the Terminator here doesn't feel like the T-800 at all.

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9
Undiscovered Country #1

Nov 7, 2019

Scott Snyder claims that this is a passion project for him and Charles Soule and so far, it shows. Couple that with art and colors by a trio of truly talented artists and you have the making for a great issue and the beginning of what could be a brilliant series.

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9
Undiscovered Country #2

Dec 12, 2019

There's a lot to like about Undiscovered Country #2. The writing is top-notch and the artwork is intricate and enjoyable to look at. The only thing that someone might not like is the large and ambitious scope being established in this issue.

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7
Undiscovered Country #8

Sep 26, 2020

Undiscovered Country #8 pushes the plot forward in an interesting direction and freshens up the series as a whole. Unfortunately there's also a lot of vagueness and cryptic storytelling that's becoming frustrating to read.

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7
Unikorn #1

Apr 24, 2021

Unikorn #1 isn't going to push any envelopes or shock anyone, but it also isn't trying to. It's a straightforward beginning to a story and feels like a good fit for younger readers.

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6.3
Van Helsing vs. Dracula's Daughter #1

Aug 14, 2019

The plot is paint by numbers, but a fun main character, good art, and just enough cheesiness makes this a fun read regardless.

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6
Venom: Lethal Protector (2022) #1

Mar 26, 2022

Venom: Lethal Protector #1 is a comic that's steeped in 90s nostalgia. The dialog and art is over the top in ways that aren't always good, but the plot is entertaining and has a lot of potential.

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8
Vinyl #1

Jun 26, 2021

Bloody comics about murderers and cops are a dime a dozen, but Vinyl #1 manages to do just enough to separate itself from that crowd and lay the groundwork for what looks to be a fun miniseries.

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8
Vinyl #2

Aug 1, 2021

Vinyl #2 manages to up the game from the first issue in meaningful ways that not only make the story more interesting, but establishes a world that has room for exploration.

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7
Vinyl #3

Aug 28, 2021

Vinyl #3 relies heavily on its character development and interaction, but does little to move the story forward.

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6
Vinyl #6

Nov 27, 2021

Vinyl #6 doesn't quite stick the landing. It has a decent run up to the climactic showdown and a good fight sequence there, but the pages that follow are lifeless and meandering.

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7
Werewolf By Night (2020) #1

Oct 24, 2020

Werewolf By Night #1 is a decent introduction to Jake, Molly, Granny Rora, and the rest of the cast. Some of the dialog gets a little awkward. But all in all, it's a fun and quick read.

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7
Wonder Woman (2016) #768

Jan 1, 1970

Wonder Woman #768 is another chapter in a good run for Wonder Woman. Unfortunately the inclusion of Deathstroke doesn't do much for this issue other than show how light it is on plot, even though what is there is interesting.

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10
Wonder Woman Historia: The Amazons (2021) #1

Dec 4, 2021

Every year there's a couple of comics that come out and immediately take the status of "must-read", this is one of those for this year.

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5.3
Wonder Woman: Agent of Peace (2020) #1

Apr 24, 2020

Wonder Woman: Agent of Peace #1 feels like a Ford Fiesta. It's not terrible, but it's clear it's designed to be economical. The inclusion of Harley Quinn makes for some quick laughs, but not much more.

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9
Wonder Woman: Dead Earth #2

Feb 21, 2020

Wonder Woman: Dead Earth #2 is a must-read for any Wonder Woman fan, as well as fans of sword and sorcery books, as well as fans of emotionally engaging tales.

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7
Wonder Woman: Dead Earth #3

Jun 19, 2020

You can purchase this issue via comiXology

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8
X-Men Unlimited: Latitude (2022) #1

Apr 2, 2022

X-Men Unlimited: Latitude #1 is a pure adventure that's well designed, that utilizes its characters perfectly to create a truly enjoyable reading experience.

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4
Yondu (2019) #2

Nov 30, 2019

Yondu #2 is a misstep in almost every way. It does nothing to make the unlikeable title character appealing. The way it treats its female character is troubling, and the art is hit or miss at best.

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